IBC Threat Assessment March 2018
This is the 32nd issue of the new feature called the IBC Threat Assessment (IBC-TA) that was initiated in November 2014. It is intended to inform our readers about ongoing and emerging CRBNe-threats that need the attention of policymakers, experts and ordinary citizens. If left unattended these threats may result in grave consequences for different sectors of our societies and/or the security of ordinary citizens. As the threat environment is constantly changing existing regulations, crisis plans or security protocols are often insufficient and in need of adaptation or review. Every TA will cover a threat for each CBRNe category. The TA’s are based on open sources.
End date of collection: February 26, 2018
Topics covered in this issue of the threat assessment:
* Intensifying international debate about the right punitive response to the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria
* Dutch poultry sector hit by new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N6) in northern town
* New incident of theft of a density meter with a radiological source reported in Mexico
* New sanctions imposed on North Korean shipping aimed at reducing smuggling activities
* Small commercial drones are revolutionizing asymmetric warfare and expertise developed by Daesh in Iraq and Syria is likely to proliferate to terrorist/criminal groups in other countries
Intensifying international debate about the right punitive response to the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria
* In January and February there have been renewed reports on the use of chlorine attacks during military offensives in the Afrin enclave and East Ghouta in Syria.
* While the alleged chemical attacks are hard to verify there are indications that they are mainly used for propaganda purposes to trigger a Western military response.
* As new information has been spread about the involvement of the Assad regime in earlier chemical attacks, Western political leaders have expressed a greater willingness to punitive …read more
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